Res­cue chopper show

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

Dur­ing the first Medics Make Mu­sic va­ri­ety fundraiser for the res­cue he­li­copter at the Re­gent on Broad­way in 2014, the chopper had to an­swer an emer­gency call­out.

Un­der­ly­ing the vi­tal ser­vice the air­craft pro­vides, the crew an­swered the in­jury call and still made it back to the theatre for the fi­nale.

That his­tory-mak­ing con­cert raised $39,000. His­tory-mak­ing be­cause it was the first time a group of pro­fes­sional med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers had ever got to­gether in sup­port of a cause like this.

Con­cert or­gan­iser Dr Raf­fat Shameem says that her col­leagues know ex­actly the dif­fer­ence the res­cue chopper makes.

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of the 2014 per­for­mance, prac­tice nurse Mary Belski re­turns in the role, and the ac­com­plished soloist with her ATCL from Trin­ity Col­lege, Lon­don, will also per­form two num­bers.

Fresh from a role in quilt, soloist Dou­glas Ran­som joins vo­cal­ists Mike Whit­ten, Mavis Fisher, Ka­t­rina Brougham and Raf­fat, along with pi­anists, Ben Booker and Nathan Soong; ac­com­pa­nist Chris Dann; harpist, vo­cal­ist and co-mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Les­ley Van Essen and the Dean McKer­ras Dancers in a pro­gramme that in­cludes num­bers from mu­si­cal theatre, pop­u­lar songs and opera.

Medics Make Mu­sic 2, di­rected by Dean McKer­ras and co-pro­duced by Raf­fat Shameem and Tim Love, the Re­gent on Broad­way this Satur­day, March 5 at 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: adults $35, chil­dren un­der 15 $20, 10 plus $32 are from Tick­et­Di­rect.co.nz or ring 0800 224 224.

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The new twin-en­gined Palmer­ston North Res­cue he­li­copter on an­other life­sav­ing mis­sion. The chopper is the fo­cus of two per­for­mances of va­ri­ety show Medics Make Mu­sic 2 in the Re­gent on Broad­way this Satur­day.

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